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Microsoft Power Apps

Power Apps iconPower Apps is a low-code app development tool within the Office 365 applications and add-ins, designed for the creation of custom apps via the use of app templates, services, and connectors, as well as third party sources. Apps can be accessed from the browser or the Power Apps mobile applications.

Examples of how you might use Power Apps include:

How It Works

Creating an App

When creating an app, a developer or “maker” can choose from three types of apps:

Within the app designer, a maker can add a data source then use Excel-like expressions to add logic easily.  Finally, publish once your app is ready to use. See the Power Apps Quick Reference Guide for details.


A power platform environment is a space where a maker stores and manages their apps and related business data. By default, all licensed Northwestern users have access to the Personal Productivity and NU Users External Approved environments. Feinberg users have access to the Personal Productivity and FSM Users environments.

Data protection policies are assigned to each environment to manage the flow of Northwestern’s O365 business data to external platforms:

Third party connectors must be vetted by Northwestern IT. Please email the IT Support Center at, and list the external connector(s) to be approved by Collaboration Services. 

NOTE: If you plan to share your app, please contact Collaboration Services for guidance.

Available To


There is no cost to use the Standard Power Apps license.


Northwestern offers the Standard Power Apps license which allows for a limited number of app runs executed by the user per month. This license excludes the use of Common Data Services (CDS), custom connectors, and premium connectors which are offered through the Premium Power Apps license.

The availability of the Premium Power Apps license is under consideration for late fall quarter 2020.

Getting Started

  1. Go to and sign in to Office 365 with your NetID and NetID password, as necessary.
  2. From the Office 365 home page, click All apps.
  3. From your list of available Office 365 apps, select Power Apps.

Support Resources

While Northwestern IT supports the installation of Office 365, support is not offered for individual applications. Please see the Power Apps Quick Reference Guide or refer to the Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning resources listed below for specific information.


 LinkedIn Learning

Last Updated: 26 August 2020

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